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Ed Silverstein

Ed Silverstein

Senior Legal Reporter: Gaming Law, Tribal Gaming, Crime, Gaming Research. An award-winning journalist with credits ranging from the Associated Press to American Lawyer Media, Ed joined the news team in 2019 with decades of legal reporting expertise under his belt. His past reporting and editing assignments include Cowles Business Media, Columbia University Press, the Connecticut Post, and Southern Connecticut Newspapers, Inc. Besides the law and its application to the gaming industry, Ed’s areas of expertise span business, courts, crime, politics, education, and state and local government. With an undergraduate degree from the University of Connecticut (where he now lives), and master’s degrees from Harvard and Yale, Ed’s professional awards include recognition from the New England Press Association and New England AP News Executives. Email:

Oregon Weighs Ending Tax Break for Gambling Losses as Tribes Oppose Bill

Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon is leading a fight against a state proposal that would end a tax deduction for gambling losses — saying it would hurt much-needed tribal operations. The tribe, which runs Spirit Mountain Casino, has joined with the Oregon Tribal Gaming Alliance (OTGA) to oppose Senate Bill 212….Read More

Violent Crime Continues in Macau as Bandits Grab Gambling Chips Valued at $400,000

Two brazen masked men robbed close to $400,000 worth of gambling chips from a roulette table early Friday after apparently spraying a security guard and dealer with pepper spray while on the gaming floor of the Four Seasons Hotel Macau, according to initial news reports. Venue operator, Sands China, confirmed the robbery took place in…Read More

Station Casinos Ordered to Bargain with Palms Workers as Company Appeals NLRB Ruling

The running dispute between Station Casinos and the Culinary Workers Union (CWU) continues as the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has again ordered the company to bargain with gaming venue employees — this time at the Palms Casino Resort. Earlier this month, the federal panel found that Station Casinos refused to recognize and bargain with…Read More

Ex-Casino Dealer Listed in Black Book, GVC License Top Thursday’s Nevada Gaming Commission Meeting

The Nevada Gaming Commission will consider many hot issues on Thursday ranging from former Bellagio dealer turned convict Mark M. Branco getting forever banned from state casinos to GVC Holdings being considered for sportsbook approval. If the commission agrees, Branco, 46, will be added to the list of those who are prevented from entering gaming…Read More

Detroit Union Claims Activist Hedge Fund Investors Pose Risk to Casino Workers, Revenue

A Detroit local of Unite Here is the latest labor union to warn regulators about risks from activist hedge funds and private equity firms which invest in large casino companies and how it may hurt worker job security. On Tuesday, four officials of the union’s Local 24 — which represents Detroit-area gaming venue employees —…Read More

Proposed Casinos in Japan Face Worker Shortages Given Low Unemployment, Limited Staffing Options

Global casino companies — now vying for one of three coveted Japanese gaming licenses — may have to find creative ways to staff the venue with the current 2.5 percent national unemployment rate. Attracting the local workforce could be especially difficult given that many routine casino or hotel jobs tend to be lower paying. There…Read More

Stalled Martha’s Vineyard Casino Faces More Possible Delays as Planning Agency, Federal Judge Review Project

A controversial planned tribal gaming hall on Martha’s Vineyard will be scrutinized further during three upcoming meetings by a Massachusetts regional planning agency. Staff from the Martha’s Vineyard Commission (MVC) are scheduled to meet with representatives of the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) on Wednesday. That will be followed by two public meetings. The commission’s…Read More

Terre Haute Casino Proposal Moving Forward as Local Officials Begin Planning November Vote

A proposed casino in Terre Haute, Indiana is becoming increasingly likely as Vigo County election officials move forward on holding a referendum this November, following approval of a far-reaching state gambling bill. Three members of the Vigo County Election Board would like the vote in November — when residents head to the polls for election…Read More

Chicago Man Held on Nearly $1M Bail for Allegedly Invoking Allah While Threatening Aurora, Illinois Casino

A Chicago man who told police he wanted to “take over” and “destroy all casinos” remained in custody in Kane County on nearly a million dollar bail that was set for charges of “felony disorderly conduct” on Friday in connection with alleged threats to bomb the Hollywood Casino in Aurora, Illinois on Feb. 12. A…Read More

Melco Subsidiary Faces Delisting from Philippine Stock Exchange Unless It Significantly Ups Number of Public Shareholders

Melco Resorts and Entertainment (Philippines) Corporation has less than a month to increase the amount of its stock owned by the public — or it will be delisted from the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE). The exchange released a memo on Tuesday warning that as of June 11 Melco’s Philippines subsidiary will be automatically delisted without…Read More

Pittsburgh’s Rivers Casino Fined $90,000 for Underage Gambling a Month After Bethlehem Pennsylvania Penalties

The operator of Rivers Casino Pittsburgh is going to pay $90,000 in fines following allegations underage patrons seven times wagered on the venue’s gaming floor. The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) assessed the fine on Wednesday against Holdings Acquisitions, Co. Each of the incidents involved individuals under the age of 21. In one case, a…Read More

Philippines Casinos Predicted To Earn More Than Macau Gaming Operators, Financial Firm Says

The Philippines is seeing “faster” growth in casino gambling than such well-known gaming destinations as Macau or Las Vegas, a new analysis predicts. It is welcome news for Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte who increasingly supports gaming. In a note to investors, Morgan Stanley Asia predicted a 16 percent jump in earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation…Read More

Wisconsin’s St. Croix Chippewa Tribe Asked to Pay $5.5M in Fines Even Though Purportedly in ‘Financial Crisis’

The St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin are now facing $5.5 million in fines after a detailed review by the National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC) into alleged improper spending of casino revenue. The proposed penalties from the national tribal regulator were announced in a letter last Thursday along with a stern rebuke by the NIGC…Read More

Philippines Leader Rodrigo Duterte Announces Hands-Off Policy on Many Forms of Gambling Just Before National Election

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has admitted he can no longer “control” gambling in the Southeast Asian nation and it looks like he will let individuals decide for themselves about taking part in popular forms of gaming. “I cannot stop it anyway and I know I am lacking,” the Philippines leader told a rally supporting the…Read More

Rhode Island Sports Betting Projections Cut in Half for Next Financial Year as Additional Threats Loom

Rhode Island is facing a harsh reality that sports betting in the next fiscal year may likely only bring in half of the money that had been predicted. In a new report, consulting firm Christiansen Capital Advisors warned the state’s Department of Revenue that Rhode Island’s amount for athletic wagering will be about $14.8 million…Read More